A Labor senator who describes himself as a 'non-practising' Muslim has admitted he first tried marijuana at the end of high school in Sydney's Bible belt.
Sam Dastyari was in year 12 studying for his Higher School Certificate when he dabbled with 'backyard' pot in 2001.
'Did I ever do marijuana in high school? The answer's yes,' he told Daily Mail Australia.
'Towards my last year of school was probably the first time I had marijuana.'
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Labor senator Sam Dastyari has admitted he first tried marijuana when he was at high school
Sam Dastyari was the vice-captain at Baulkham Hills High School when he first tried some pot
The future Labor powerbroker was the vice-captain at the selective Baulkham Hills High School when he first inhaled marijuana, shortly before sitting exams that would see him score a near-perfect HSC score of 99.75.
'Growing up in the fairly sheltered, Bible belt Hills community of Sydney, I don't think our experiences were that different to many other people's,' he said.
'There was always a fair bit of drinking at parties, as is the Australian way, and there was also always low-level drugs and mostly